Calf of Flotta

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Calf of Flotta


The Calf of Flotta (geograph 2297447).jpg
The Calf of Flotta from Flotta

Calf of Flotta shown within Orkney

Location: 58°51’11"N, 3°4’23"W
Grid reference: ND381967
Area: 40 acres
Highest point: 52 feet
Population: Uninhabited

The Calf of Flotta is a small island lying within Scapa Flow, in Orkney. The Calf lies beside Flotta; 'Calf' is a Norn description of a smaller island by a larger one, the calf to the cow.

Geography and geology

The Calf is made of red sandstone.[1]

It is approximately half a mile long, and is thin in shape, orientated west-east.


  1. Haswell-Smith, Hamish. (2004) The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh. Canongate.
Islands of Orkney

Inhabited islands:
Mainland  •
Auskerry  • Burray  • Eday  • Egilsay  • Flotta  • Gairsay  • Graemsay  • Hoy  • North Ronaldsay  • Papa Stronsay  • Papa Westray  • Rousay  • Sanday  • Shapinsay  • South Ronaldsay  • South Walls  • Stronsay  • Westray  • Wyre

Other islands:
Eynhallow  •
Helliar Holm  • Lamb Holm  • Switha  • Swona